Unemployment Extension Fails – Again – in the Senate

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010 at 9:46 pm

Tonight, a bill to extend federal unemployment insurance benefits for the long-term unemployed failed in the Senate, 58 to 38. The vote was technically only one short of 60; Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) voted no for procedural reasons.

Republican Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine voted for cloture on the $34 billion bill, which was not offset and therefore increased the deficit. But Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) refused to cross the aisle. Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) voted with the Republicans. Without Sen. Robert Byrd’s vote — the 92-year-old veteran of the Senate passed away earlier this week — Senate Democrats found themselves one vote short.

Reid says the Senate will vote on the bill as soon as Byrd’s replacement is in place. He offered this statement after the failed cloture vote:

These are difficult days for thousands of Nevadans and millions of Americans who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own, and there are few words that can comfort these workers who go to sleep every night worried about their economic uncertainty.  That’s why Democrats tried again tonight to extend unemployment benefits that workers and their families depend on as a lifeline while they continue to look for work.

It is beyond disappointing that Republicans continue to stand almost lockstep against assistance for out-of-work Americans — especially since many of these same Republicans spent months protecting Wall Street and preserving tax cuts for CEOs who ship American jobs overseas.

We will vote on this measure again once there is a replacement named for the late Senator Byrd.  In the meantime, I sincerely hope that Republicans will finally listen to the millions of unemployed Americans who need this assistance to support their families in these tough times. These Americans and millions more demand that Republicans stop filibustering support for unemployed workers.

By the time Byrd’s replacement is in place, in mid-July, 2 million Americans will have lost their benefits. The bill extending them will have languished in the Senate for something like 11 weeks.

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JJ
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 1:58 am

Cold comfort indeed!


Shansen40
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 2:03 am

They leave on vacation, while the rest of us pack what we can because we have no where to go, no money, no job, no place to live. Yes, thank you republicans…I hope you all have a grand 4th. I'll be finding someplace to live and watching my belongings go in the trash.


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DR
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 2:04 am

How many will be moving out of their homes and apartments and sleeping in their cars or on the street while the bastards go on vacation? How many will commit suicide because all their hope is gone? How many will have to go to the ER because they cannot afford medication for chronic illnesses?

Our country was founded on revolution. I think it's time we consider starting one. I am dead serious.


Psexton
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 2:04 am

Who are the IGNORANT PRICKS in CONGRESS that does not care about the AMERICAN people I for one will call nonstop when they are back in session. Where the hell is the PRESIDENT while this is going on ? setting a frikken chair clanking beer bottle on tv


Ddpx
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 2:06 am

I can not believe this just happen to so many . This feels like a real kick in the face and the hope just died.


Screuile
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 2:07 am

Vote them all out of office. They get there pay raise every year I don't see them cutting their pay


Mandi
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 2:08 am

I watched the session on CSPAN 2. The Democrats mustered 58 votes while the Republicans said no. Then after the defeat, One Republican , who seemed to already have his hat and coat in hand to go on vacation, proposed a two month funding (June and July) knowing they'd be right back to this come July instead of funding it 'till November. Democat Reid said no and then the Republicans proposed to shut down the Senate until July 12th to go on Vacation. Sorry, but if President Obama has executive power then HE should extend this by Executive order for 2 months TOMORROW; and then on July 12th, give the Senate the verbal whooping of their petty little lives.


Shortyam28
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 2:08 am

i can not believe they wouldn't give in and let the bill be paid for. at least american's would get there ui checks back. now my family's 4th is ruined trying to find out how we can pay for electric bill and water bill and car insurance due next week after missing out on 2 and now several more ui checks. i am out of stuff to sell on craigslist. they just left for vacation. i am shocked, although i don't know why as they have shown no concern for the unemployed the last 9 weeks. they are heading home to there mansions and lots of food and 2 million people need food, bills and houses paid for. how can they be so cold? i'm disgusted.


Dan
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 2:08 am

I have never seen so many act like children , including my own senator from Indiana Richard Lugar who I believe has forgotten who voted him in , he has lost his way , he didn't do anything for Indianapolis when he was Mayor and he isn't doing anything for us now. I am so aggravated


Erik805
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 2:09 am

these republican senators dont know how it feels like not having any food in your refrigarator and not being able to feed your kids…


Carl
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 2:10 am

Republicans as always care only about their rich friends and not about us average Americans. To those who say that is not true, then they must be living in a cave. This recent insult of not approving benefits for Americans is more proof than I need!


Disgruntledcollegegrad
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 2:12 am

All these silver spoon republican SOBs have never had to exist on limited funds or graduate college only to be forced to return to retail and fast food work because there are no other jobs out there…thanks, America. Once again reminded of why I'd rather be living in Germany where even though the sales tax is 15% at least they have health care and assistance!!!!!


Ocelot Prod
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 2:12 am

There's only cure now — Heavy Drinking!


KAT72
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 2:14 am

TO ALL SENATORS WHO VOTED AGAINST THE EXTENSION:
I HOPE ALL OF YOU ARE ABLE TO SLEEP WELL AFTER WHAT YOU HAVE DONE TO US!!!!!!! YOU HAD THIS OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE THIS RIGHT BEFORE YOU LEFT FOR YOUR 11 DAY VACATION!!! YOU ENJOY YOUR INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION. I, HOWEVER WILL NOT!!! THERE WILL NOT BE A GATHERING TO CELEBRATE OUR COUNTRY IN MY HOME BECAUSE I CAN’T PUT FOOD ON MY TABLE, I PROBABLY WON’T HAVE A HOME TO OUT MY TABLE IN!!!! I BELIEVED THAT YOU WOULD STEP UP AND DO THE RIGHT THING FOR THIS COUNTRY AND IT’S CITIZENS, BUT YOU DIDN’T!!! I HAVE NEVER IN MY 38 YEARS SAID ANYTHING NEGATIVE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY, BUT, I HAVE TO SAY THAT RIGHT NOW I AM NOT VERY PROUD TO BE AMERICAN!


via
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 2:14 am

I have been calling & e-mailing wth is up with D Senator Nelson?!!!
if he voted yes it would have passed ughh! We need to call,fax,email him non stop people, lets get on it now!! I pray he is not re-elected!


Jenn
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 2:15 am

This is just down right insane!! We don't have a goverment we have enemy's! This goverment doesnt give a shit about american people! Yet our country is sending money over seas and all our jobs and spending money on useless shit but can't hekp there own american people out?!?! This country has gone to shit! I am with the rest of you americans who lost your jobs I will now lose everything I have worked for because I can't afford to pay my storage I already lost my home!!!!! I have been working for 15 years at my employment and I lost my job due to the state of pennsylvania shutting it down I have been out of work for 10 months but have job hunted faithfully everyday! Go to hell congress and I will remember you in november PRICKS!!!!!! Hang in there america and fight against them bastards!


Levis-blue
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 2:15 am

Fuckin
Assholes!!!!!! What comes around goes Around!!!!!!!!!!!


Mitchdjohnson
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 2:15 am

Everyone must vote the incumbents out, we need all new faces in washington, states and cities,, replace everyone dems or repub's. Dems and republicans should stick together to get all new folks across the board. This should be called the “New People Party”". I am in Texas, lost my unemployment in late MAY,, the county just raised our tax's on our homes due to the decline in value, but seem to pass a pay raise for the county and city workers,, bigger government on the move,, this is just unreal,, I may move to mexico since they are all coming to texas now


Matt
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 2:16 am

You royal messed up you heartless Republicans. HOW DARE YOU! You really messed up your bid trying to get votes for November. That is all you care about. You want the economy to sink and go in a double dip recession by not passing this. THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT YOU WANT SO YOU CAN BLAME OBAMA AND THE DEMOCRATS. People aren't stupid with your antics and will remember that in November. The economy could get very dire at this point now, and unfortunately some people might POP and do some unfortunate drastic measures whatever that may be. Lets hope not, but things are pointing that direction. If you leave for your 2 week July 4th vacation and enjoy your nice boats, dinners, etc. while not getting this passed or not working during your vacation until it gets passed, then that is ruthless. I am getting a very sinking feeling about the direction of the economy now by not passing this unemployment extension. Things could get very ugly quickly and I think the stock market the past few days are picking up on those signals. I will blame you Republicans if we are about to tank in the economy. Hypocrites.


Steve
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 2:16 am

ok lets now campaign to throw these people out of office.


hanoc202
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 2:17 am

I've written an open letter to congress on my site, am in the process of gathering stories on how this is impacting Americans and faxing them to various members of Congress. I've already faxed Reid, Nelson and Boehner. If you want more info go to my site. http://www.myhumbleopinion.org


Matorgator
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 2:17 am

Vote em all out…they created this mess with NAFTA and now don't want to help the people they represent….vote em all out…it is time for a complete change in Washington


Chrisw3188
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 2:18 am

I hope that this vote of no hurts every Republican in Nov.. we vote them in..now vote them out…


Fmstacy
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 2:19 am

I wish i knew i really do….. i really dont understand how people with so much money cant just sit and watch us suffer like this.


via
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 2:19 am

I have alway's voted Democrat and now I'm sure you see why,However Senator nelson one of my own is turning his back on us. We need to call,fax & e-mail him non stop!!


C.D.G.
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 2:20 am

Thats it I've had it with all these republican bastards come the elections we must get rid of these damn senators and also is there a way to get that prick ben Nelson out of office I can't take it anymore how these damn devils don't care about the American people that are really struggling to pay their bills….happy fucking 4th of July America you have failed me…..


Mep07417
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 2:20 am

One vote needed to spare so many lives,how can one be proud to be a American.


via
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 2:20 am

I wish I knew where they lived. I would walk up and ask for a plate of food since we don't have any. Maybe my son & I can sleep on the couch


A Son of Liberty
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 2:21 am

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NO Jobs
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 2:23 am

Republicans you Bastards … Bastards


Jason in Nevada
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 2:27 am

I try my hardest to stay non-partisan. I am not registered Democrat or Republican, but I did get laid off 11 days before Christmas last year. Congratulations to the soulless Republicans, I'm voting a straight democratic ticket come election time.


Psexton
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 2:27 am

You know the SAD thing is these PRICKS will be voted back in so sad ..Like i said OBAMA could step in to do something I blame him for letting this go on for 11 weeks or more!!


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jane
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 2:32 am

It is sad that the unemployment extension can't get passed to help people until they get full time jobs. This is going to effect more than just the unemployed. I can't believe the stupid Republicians don't understand how this will affect the economy. Now all these people will be heading to the Welfare rolls. What other choice do they have. This just does not make sense to us normal people. You need to pass this and get the money flowing again before it's too late.


boilercat
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 2:34 am

I cant believe what happened tonight so many americans needed this money me included I can make it but I feel sorry for the ones who cannot Im from kentucky and Mith McConnel is a real piece of work just pathetic Im lost for words I hope they get something worked out before they leave for vacation I dont think they should be allowed to leave before they do come on OBOMA step up!!!!


Vuuahhs
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 2:34 am

Well I hope you guys are happy myself and lots of friends and families have lost EVERYTHING they own because of this delay, I hope all you stupid bastards lose your jobs and go through what I am right now!!!


Lynda53
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 2:34 am

so they all think they are a smart ass.They say it will drive up the deficient.Oh really!! did they ever think while you were on employment you made too much to collect medicaid or food stamps? well now all the people that lost their unemployment can now collect from the government all the extra programs.it would be cheaper to just extend the unemployment and we will support our families


Jesse G
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 2:35 am

I'm at a loss for words. I'm 62 years old and have been scrambling to keep the wolves away from the door for months. My savings have dwindled to nothing but the bills keep on coming. It's complicated because I have no insurance and my wife and I have stopped taking our medications My only car broke down last week and I can't afford the $600 repair bill. I guess I will save on the gasoline I wasted looking for a job, but so what? There are no decent paying jobs out there anyway. Maybe my sister will let me move in with her. Her house won't accomodate my furniture and other stuff so I guess I'll have to sell what I can on the internet and abandon the rest. I have paid into the system for more than 40 years, and now they can't help me for a few months? Our senators are quick to protect their buddies who created the problem, but just as quick to dump the victims of their buddies' profits. And then they go on vacation. They make me want to puke.


Stevedow
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 2:36 am

I will never vote for the GOP again for as long as I live I used to be for them now I am done, my vote is for the Demi”s at least thry have some human compasion in the middle of this depression, we are in, how are we supposed to recover when we don't make anything here anymore, thanks Polaris for moving from Minnesota to Mexico to name a few, I'm done with Polaris as well!!


Karl Marx
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 2:40 am

the Republicans are Reublican. What we need are crafty people in the Dem party who know how to cut deals. If this were a Clinton White House, this would have been done.Dem leaders angrily pointing the finger at Republicans wont get the job done. Obama's leadership is weak. On May 20, someone in the NY Unemployment office told me I was moving into tier two….Not

I'm without benefits for four weeks now. I'm waiting for my intial eviction notice. Somebody smarter and craftier than Reid should step up and get this done. You can't get your enemy to give you what you want by blaming them. All these failed votes make it all the more fustrating. Call up your state senaors regardless of party.


Becky
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 2:41 am

I'm completly disgusted by todays vote! One vote shy of passing a bill that will benefit the unemployed.I sincerely hope that all the people that didn't vote in favor of the bill lose everything they have worked for X3.Obama should step in and take control!!!! of these idiots.Come election day we should vote all of them out and turn our back on them like they have done America.I have so many friends that are unemployed that have no where to go!!!!!!!!!!!! Everyone should organize a day or two when no one goes to work! in protest.


Zenkoan
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 2:43 am

FUCK THEM!


Blue_strat
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 2:43 am

All we needed was 1 more vote, just ONE EFFING vote and with all the ranting and raving about the Republicans, today we FINALLY get somewhere … AND YOU VOTE NO?? WTF? Senator Reid, you foolish stubborn old SOB!! Now who's guilty of obstructionism???


Paddy
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 2:43 am

I see no other answer except revolution. It will take 4 years at the least to vote every politician out if its even possible. Bush got away with two elections, does your vote really count? Obama with his questionable past and freinds how did he get elected? Bush got him elected and he promised to act like a republican. The republicans are facist and they will force us into Chinese type slavery and Obama will help them, so our only choice is revolt or become slaves.


James
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 2:43 am

watch this interview on the WTO to understand our unemployment problem http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=5064665…


Fullereddie
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 2:50 am

THIS IS A BUNCH OF B.S. WE THE PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY ARE SUFFERING !!! AND YOU CHOSE NOT TO PASS THE BILL? WE WILL BE OUT OUR HOMES AND SLEEP IN THE DARK OR NO RUNNING WATER OR LOSE TRANSPORTATION TO LOOK FOR WORK. I R.I.P. BYRD BUT ,YOU DECIDE TO WAIT FOR SOMEONE TO TAKE HIS SEAT? THAT IS UN WISE DO TO THE FACT WE ARE IN JEOPARDY. CONGRESS BE READY WHEN THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY BE KNOCKING ON YOUR DOORS . THEY'LL BE VERY DISPLEASED OF YOU AND WILL NOT VOTE FOR YOU AGAIN !!!! HOW MANY PEOPLE IN OUR COUNTRY WILL START ROBBING STORES AND BANKS JUST TO MAKE ENDS MEET AND TO SUPPORT THEY'RE FAMILIES?? THIS IS THE NEW IRAQ!!! PREPARE FOR MUCH WORSE. IT WILL BE A WAR HERE AT HOME. SO DON'T BE SURPRISE HOW YOUR JUDGEMENT AFFECTED EVERYONE HERE!!!!


Josef Blough
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 2:50 am

this is pure bs!! we were so close, just 1 vote shy, and the very senator who has seemingly hammered away for us, and now he votes no!! i don't get it, i just don't get it except for the fact we are dealing with politicians. doesn't matter what side of the aisle you're for, they are all crooks.


indiana
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 2:51 am

I wont ever vote republican in my lifetime again,jut wait till you fat cats are up for reelection I wont forget and my vote will reflect that


Kevin
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 2:51 am

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) had to vote 'no' to allow for another vote, so technically, Democrats were one vote shy of passing the measure that has gone through four changes and failed to pass three times in the past three weeks. He had to vote NO


Matt
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 2:51 am

The double-dip is now coming after this has not passed and likely will not get passed thanks to these heartless Republicans. Once you see the economy now tank with more unemployment about to unfold and layoffs, don't forget who to blame and look at. 70% of our economy is relied on consumer spending. Cut off unemployment extensions and BAM, you got economic catastrophe about to unfold real soon! Buckle up!


keepingmypowderdry
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 2:51 am

Ried, Your a hipocritic asshole! I hope you rot in hell! The following is a from the second pargraph of the declaration of independence, That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.


Janrab52
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 2:51 am

I took my flag down.With a government that lives high off the hog while people are losing their homes and going hungry,I'm not pround to be an American,I'm EMBARRASSED to be an American!


CER
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 2:52 am

I can only cry at this point. I have lost all hope. I have 25 applications out and not one interview and 4 weeks without unemployment and now it could be another month. Why did I bother to work so hard all those years only to have it all taken away? Most anyone would certainly be fired if they left their jobs undone and went on vacation especially if people were in crisis…the senate has done it twice…I can't believe it. Do any of them even know anyone who is unemployed and suffering? Maybe they should have to live with a family without an income for a week and live on boxed macaroni and cheese.


Kevin
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 2:55 am

I feel the same way, as do many others.


confused and bewildered
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 2:57 am

i'm not too fond of republicans right now either, but what the hell is going on here? reid voted no today, not just republicans. the guy who's supposedly had our backs all this time voted no. he voted no with the majority of the republicans. hello?


Kevin
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 2:59 am

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) had to vote 'no' to allow for another vote, so technically, Democrats were one vote shy of passing the measure that has gone through four changes and failed to pass three times in the past three weeks. GUYS PLZ read HE had to vote NO, remember the republican died this week.


NOWAY829
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 2:59 am

well he voted no because he knew we didnt have the 60 votes and if he voted yes and we were still 1 short that bill would of gotten toss out at least by voting NO he can still bring this bill up again when they get the replacement for byrd but this is horrible !!!!!! I'm not voting for eitherp arty anymore …..the dems had a chance ot say yes to a 2 month extension but no they didnt so the PUBES are at fault 90 percent and the DAMCUNTS are at fault 10 percent!!!! I hope they all choke on their weekend party food


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DHS SHD
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 3:02 am

REPUBLICAN IDIOTS,MAY YOUR FAMILYS STARVE AND ALSO LIVE IN THE STREETS . GO STRAIGHT TO THE PITS OF SATIN. ILL VOTE FOR A TURD BEFORE I EVER VOTE FOR A CONSERVATIVE AGAIN. I HOPE THIS COST YOU YOUR JOBS . GO ROT


keepingmypowderdry
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 3:03 am

Don't be embarrassed, don't give up pride! America can be great again. We have the power to give Washington an enema, and it needs it. VOTE EVERY ENCUMBANT OUT!!!! Even if there running against a howler monkey! COMMON SENSE NEEDS TO BE RESTORED!!! My mission is to dig up as much dirt on these scum bags as I can. I will make it my mission to expose these morons and ruin there lives, I have nothing else to do! FLY YOUR FLAGS, TRY TO BE STRONG, THIS WILL PASS.


Collectioncash
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 3:04 am

That was a Democrat that died…. WOW…


KAT72
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 3:06 am

you guys need to read the information out there and understand it before slandering…..Reid had to vote “NO” in order to keep the bill active. He actually worked in our best interest on that. Now, you can be PISSED and the Dems for not agreeing to the 2 month proposal that the Repubs voted down. TTHAT was ALL DEMOCRAT!


Jeff
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 3:06 am

You may have missed that he voted no for a procedural reason. If the Senate leader votes no, then the bill can be brought up again sooner. Obviously he supported the bill. Perhaps you should focus your energy and anger on the Republicans, including the DINO Ben Nelson. It's because of Republicans, not Democrats that the Unemployed are going without.


Gwheelock915
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 3:07 am

Time to fly my flag upside down this holiday weekend…


KAT72
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 3:07 am

He had our back when he voted no….he had to do it to keep the bill active


Jeff
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 3:09 am

Look at how many people here in this comment section are blaming Democrat's. Blaming Reid – this is what the Republicans are hoping for. Democrat's are not blocking unemployment, and Reid voted no for a procedural reason, so that he can bring the vote up sooner. Wake up and smell the coffee you right wingers – Republicans created this financial mess – they are not willing to help us – and here you are blaming democrats, just as they want. Sad, very sad.


Larnlvzyou3
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 3:10 am

I pray every day that this bill will pass, and today was a huge let down. I am a divorced mother of a 5 year old boy who is supposed to start school in August… I am about to get evicted from my home and don't have the funds to sign my boy up for Kindergarten. I have no idea what the hold up is. I wish one of those ass holes would come live at my house for a week and see how hard we have it!! They must not have a clue! I have only been on unemployment for 6 months and have put out tons of applications… nothing!


Psexton
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 3:11 am

Ben Nelson was the lone democrate that did not vote yes and Reid had to say nay so it can be revoted on later but they are all still pricks


Jeff
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 3:13 am

Karl,

In order to make a deal, both parties have to be willing to work together. At this time, Republicans have no interest in working together – Their interest is in regaining power. Until they regain power, their game plan is to slow the wheels of progress, slow the uptick in the economy, and turn the mood of voters. The party in power is always affected by voter anger – even when it's anger caused by Republicans blocking unemployment and then pretending that it is the fault of Democrats.

This is all politics, and that's what's sad. There is no thought of the individuals, just what political points can be gained.

I hope things work out and you get to stay in your house.


NUMBED BY ALL OF THIS
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 3:15 am

Really? is this what Congress thinks of its people? We voted for u and u leave us hanging with no regards to the effects this will take on our lives? I am deeply saddened right now that Congress failed its Country…now what do I tell my kids next week when I cant provide for them because I have absolutely NO MONEY and NO HELP? I am NUMB!


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PEYE710
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 3:17 am

Washington can send endless amounts of money to countries who despise our way of life,but they leave our legal citizens out in the cold! The list goes on and on forever it seems! I have two words for Washington! FUCK YOU!


Nite1
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 3:19 am

It is very sad when people who need help can not get it.If republicans get voted out do you really think they will go with out?These people are not poor or hurting now or before they were elected and won't be when they are voted out.It's big money taking care of big money.Why not do a billion dollar jobs program?


Rhnd
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 3:20 am

This country is shit anymore. I worked for 16yrs. for a major Utility, was “laid-off” back in Oct. collected since Dec. to about two weeks ago. Now I am done, bullshit. It is time for a “Revolution”. Thing's must change in this country. Vote Republican's out for good, all of them.


Ihatethesenators
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 3:20 am

Maybe while they are on vacation, a fireword will backfire and exsplode in their eye. That would be too funny. Karma is coming and lord is ready to punish them selfish people. I will try and be patient to watch the domino effect of them falling like flies and being replaced. I use to think Obama was the one who would help the American people, boy was I wrong.


Allan
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 3:21 am

The poor get poorer and the rich get richer…. Can't remember who said that.


Mike
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 3:21 am

FUCK YOU congress u are a piece of shit. The American gov't has failed it's ppl. What goes around comes around. You are creating a mess u will not be able to fix. SO have a Happy fucking 4th of July u piss of shit rich losers. I'm gonna head to the homeless shelter and eat some more ramen.


Snucna33
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 3:22 am

do not vote for sen. ben nelson..dumb fuck ….get rid of all the rep…im ashame to say im an american…


M Alkana
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 3:23 am

How do these Senators sleep at night knowing that they had the chance to help millions of Americans feed themselves and/or their children and they made the choice not to? It is simply incomprehensible that they can be so heartless knowing that they made the choice to pull the one lifeline that hardworking Americans had left to them. This country is like the Titantic right now and these Senators are the ones taking off in the lifeboats as they watch the rest of the passengers scream for help as they are sinking down to the bottom of the ocean. Tell me something Senators – do you plan to laugh this weekend, ooh and ah over the fireworks, mix a few cocktails, lay out in the sun, screw your mistresses while the wife is not looking? While you are doing all those things, think of the parents who can't afford to bbq a burger for their kids because they have only 20 cents left in their bank account, think of the people who may have to steal a few things from the supermarket because they don't even have 20 cents left to their name, think of the tears – are you a-holes still enjoying your summer vacation? I hope there is some sort of judgement day for all of you – do you think your choices are going to stand up? Bye now Senators – sleep well tonight!


Jedirnw
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 3:23 am

Well it is nice that the Senate will enjoy their July 4th. I can not believe that my own Senator John Ensign voted NO yet again. My state of Nevada needs a unemployment extension desperately. Yet Senator Ensign continues to vote NO against each and every Nevadan that is unemployed. Vote Senator John Ensign out of office when he comes up for re-election. Oh yeah vote that turn coat NO voting yellow bellied Senator Ben Nelson out too!!!!!


Gee Reechee
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 3:27 am

He had to vote no so they can bring it up again when Byrd's replacement is selected. You should do your research before you trash somebody.


Gee Reechee
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 3:30 am

He had to vote no so they can bring it up again when Byrd's replacement is selected. You should do your research before you trash somebody


astrosteve
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 3:30 am

I'm not happy about this at all. I assume they realize the failure to extend unemployment is threatening the recovery that has finally started? I concur that we can't extend it indefinitely, but we need at _least_ six more months. Maybe closer to eight. I wonder if they realize that there simply aren't enough jobs yet to support everyone who is losing benefits? No matter how dedicated we are to finding a new job, not everyone will be able to get a job because there literally are not enough to go around.

Thanks for screwing the country over, Republicans. I'll remember this next election.


Gloria
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 3:32 am

This is going to be the WORST Fourth of July ever for many Americans. Already tent cities are springing up in American cities. This will be a third world country as middle America is completely wiped out due to partisan idiocracy. Why aren't they helping us? Why are they letting people suffer? I blame them all because not all Democrats voted on this bill and it's all just a bunch of political games to win votes in November. STOP PLAYING GAMES WITH OUR LIVES CONGRESS OR WE WILL START PLAYING GAMES WITH YOURS. This let them eat cake mentality will destroy Washington sooner or later and remember this, there are more of us than there are of them. If this bill isn't passed let's give them a November to remember. Many people have opened their eyes to what Washington politics has done to this country. The reign of the few is wiping out the lives of the many. Just how long do they think that will last? History should be a lesson yet it remains ignored, for how long? France would have already had a bloody revolution by now, enough of this crap.


do
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 3:36 am

At time when all Americans should be celebrating the upcoming 4th of July weekend, millions of Americans will spend this weekend not able to buy food, pay rent or mortgage, keep their lights on, or pay for medicine and other basic needs. Clearly many Congressmen have no connection whatsoever with the people in this country. How they can go off to celebrate the 4th of July weekend, having left millions of Americans in this position, is shameful. Party politics is alive and well in Washington, and the real loser of their games, as always, are the American people.


Ihatethesenators
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 3:38 am

Maybe we should create a facebook page to get people together as an event and pick a date time to get millons of people to march in Washington?


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KAT72
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 3:50 am

Both parties are at fault here……yes, the dems cut down the size of the bill, but outside of that, neither of them were willing to compromise. The dems also decided they didn't want to extend it for 2 months until they could reconvene…..the repubs wouldn't budge at all…..Obama hasn't done anything but blame the repubs……the only people on capitol hill that could possibly sleep well tonight are the congressmen….at least they tried to pass it once


KAT72
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 3:51 am

TO ALL SENATORS WHO VOTED AGAINST THE EXTENSION:
I HOPE ALL OF YOU ARE ABLE TO SLEEP WELL AFTER WHAT YOU HAVE DONE TO US!!!!!!! YOU HAD THIS OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE THIS RIGHT BEFORE YOU LEFT FOR YOUR 11 DAY VACATION!!! YOU ENJOY YOUR INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION. I, HOWEVER WILL NOT!!! THERE WILL NOT BE A GATHERING TO CELEBRATE OUR COUNTRY IN MY HOME BECAUSE I CAN’T PUT FOOD ON MY TABLE, I PROBABLY WON’T HAVE A HOME TO OUT MY TABLE IN!!!! I BELIEVED THAT YOU WOULD STEP UP AND DO THE RIGHT THING FOR THIS COUNTRY AND IT’S CITIZENS, BUT YOU DIDN’T!!! I HAVE NEVER IN MY 38 YEARS SAID ANYTHING NEGATIVE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY, BUT, I HAVE TO SAY THAT RIGHT NOW I AM NOT VERY PROUD TO BE AMERICAN!


Agiacomo18
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 3:51 am

Fuck them alllllllllllllllllllllllllll


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Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 3:53 am

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Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 4:06 am

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Superpet11
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 4:07 am

I to have not collected since 6-2-10. I am completely broke. I try to stay positive. If you have 100 in checking left over after all the bills are paid and food bought would you go borrow 50 bucks from a bank to take your kids to the zoo or would you use the 50 from the 100 you have left over. I mean it hurts and hurts like hell but there is nothing WE can do at this point except try and keep this great land from being put further in debt.
Ok lefties let's here you BS.


MAMASTOY65
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 4:16 am

OUR GOVERNMENT FUCKING SUCKS.. WE NEED THAT MONEY TO LIVE ON, ITS YOU OUR GOVERNMENT THAT SCREWED US OVER IN THE FIRST PLACE.. BECAUSE OF OUR STUPID FUCKING PRESIDENT WE CANT MAKE IT. IT WILL BE A BETTER WORLD NOW THAT I'M PRESIDENT FUCK THAT… GIVE US OUR BENIFITS, OR FIND MY HUSBAND A JOB.. THERE ISN'T ANY OUT THERE.. FUCK THE GOVERNMENT.. YES I AM ANGRY, ANGRY AT OUR CITY, STATE, AND FEDERAL (YES THAT MEANS YOU TO OBAMA) FUCK YOU..


wayne
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 4:34 am

i agree with you, i too am unemployed and cut off, i am so pissed at those self centered republicans who enjoy the riches of lobyest kickbacks, while at the same time just fucked 1.3 million of us, we as citizens must vote them out in november, we must vote for our very lives because they want to keep sending jobs out of country. we need to replace these career politicians, currupt and dirty they are, we must make them unemployed just like we are, we americans must make a stand in november, lets take out the trash in november.


Just my 2C
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 4:38 am

Hi all,

I have never commented on any public site regarding the politics of this nation before now.

With this being said –
I am simply appalled with the way our current elected officials choose to behave in regard to this particular subject (as well as others).

I can't find logic nor can I find reason for this chess match (IE: pissin' contest) other than that the two parties that govern us are so out of touch with the American people that they simply don't care about the citizens of this country.
If this is the case then they should be removed from office, prosecuted and (if found guilty) any compensation including perks, pay offs, kick backs, and/or other ill gotten gains be immediately returned to us – the tax payers.

I'm weary of seeing this debate continue to cost us (the taxed) more and more dollars.
Anyone have an estimate as to what has already been spent by our government on this one particular subject?
Perhaps we could have funded much of the program with the already squandered bucks.
This includes you Mr. Obama!

Happy Independence Day to all Americans who read this.
I wish our country and all of our people the very best moving forward in our uncertain future.

Mr. Obama –
Do you intend to actually lead this country or just continue being a pawn drawing a pay check?
The choice is yours !
It's time to make the tough decisions that you've been elected (and are being paid) to make.
Are you with us or against us (the people of this country)?


wayne
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 4:43 am

i am from pennsylvania, i would love to join you and fire the republican trash that is polluting this country, we must fire them all, make them unemployed just like me. we must stand together, and take out the trash.


BigBoyBC
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 4:50 am

I don't know what pisses me off more, the Senate not passing the extension or giving up and adjourning two days early. It's funny that they passed the Home Owner extension, so if you got a job and can afford a new house the Senate will help no problem. But, if you're unemployed, bankrupt and loosing your house… Screw You, Make Due!!! I file my last claim on 7/11, If I'm careful i might make it last to the 31st, but i'm dead broke then… Only thing left is my pension, takes 6-weeks to cash it out, then I'll have no retirement.

One more thing, that lone Democrat hold out. I blame him the most! Vote All Incumbents Out!


wayne
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 4:54 am

I am with you on this one, we have the power to get rid of these assholes who shit all over us, i will vote for a howler monkey before i vote for one of those republican traitors.


Henderdog
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 4:57 am

The Senate should stay in session, not go home for any holiday, until they do their job. These 99 Pieces of Shot will not get together on ANYTHING unless it inconveniences, THEM ! Senators: YOU HAVE A JOB ! STAY IN SESSION UNTIL YOU DO IT !


Jackie
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 5:04 am

I'm sorry, but 25 application is very few considering the current economy. You need to apply, apply, apply to get a job. My husband started from scratch a year ago after serious brain surgery and got a job within 2 months thanks to lots of hard work. The jobs are out there for those who want them…no, there are not as many as there used to be, but there are certainly jobs. I say this as friendly advice, not an attack at all. Stay positive and keep trying.


Bob
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 5:24 am

Dear Government, Please pay attention. There are now 1.7 million people who just lost their lineline. Mean while you go on an extended vacation. Come November you will no longer have jobs. I know of 1.7 million people who will now be seaking your job come November.

I know longer have any respect for the government of this country. I hope this is the start of the over throw of this corupt government. I have had enough of giving billions to Wall St while they pay crazy bonus to their CEO's for losing money and US jobs. It has come time for the working man to take back this country.


Littlebear1870
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 5:33 am

This is fucked up my unemployment ran out on June 12, 2010 and I have had no money to pay bills. The government big FUCK YOU is they are holding my taxes too. If you don't pay your taxes they charge you. But they can hold your money and they don't have to pay you more. And they can take your only income away and it really dose not matter if you lose your house they just don't care we need to quit voting for all these losers and get them all out of office!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


JJSCIARABBA
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 6:01 am

I am a republican and also a veteran who is out of work and out of unemployment.I have a family of five.i have put resume after resume out with NO LUCK.I am ASHAMED OF the REPUBLICAN PARTY.YOU ALL CAN FUCK OFF AND KISS ALL OF OUR ASSES.I WILL NEVER VOTE REPUBLIC AN AGAIN.YOU ASSHOLES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11


Jjsciarabba
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 6:08 am

WHY doesnt our president make them stay until this is resolved.Put the hammer down on the senate.They shouldnt be able to go on vacation with the money we pay them,until they help there people of this country.if it was another country that neede america they WOULD NOT HESITATE…Get off your asses and get the job we put you in office to do.


Bobby B
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 6:21 am

It's the political GAME hard at work. None of those assholes gives a shit. It's ALL about the UPCOMING election. Both parties are FULL OF SHIToil. We need to revolution.


Stephen
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 6:59 am

These are evil, fucking EVIL men and women. How DARE they go on fucking VACATION while families are on the brink of homelessness.

SENATOR REID DO NOT ADJOURN THIS SESSION UNTIL YOU HAVE SENT A BILL TO OBAMA. YOU WILL BURN IN HELL IF YOU FAIL YOUR DUTIES SO SPECTACULARLY.


UNHAPPY AMERICAN
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 6:59 am

This is getting ridiculous!!!! My husband received his last check on 5/30 and I lost mine last week…we are in danger of losing everything!!!! We voted these for these jerk offs to take care of us…what a joke…now they are going to go enjoy their 4th of July and not even think about us!!!! I already cashed out my 401K and my retirement it's gone…what now???? No jobs out there and the ones that are do credit checks and anyone caught up in this mess doesn't have credit so no job for you!!!! OBAMA YOU NEED TO MAKE THEM STAY UNTIL THIS IS SETTLED!!!!! THAT”S THE LEAST YOU CAN DO IT”S THEIR JOB AND IT”S NOT DONE!!!! ANY OTHER JOB WOULD CANCEL YOUR VACATION TIME UNTIL YOUR JOB IS DONE!!!!!


Tisktiskauthor
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 7:04 am

This is so full of sh*t my eyes are brown. ATTN everyone it passed the House today, it will be voted on THURSDAY. Don't believe me, look it up yourself at the House of Reps or the Senates website.

People like this author are nothing more than bottom feeders trying to speculate. Tuesday the bill failed because they needed a 66% IE 2/3 voted because they brought it in under a special law. By doing so they gave up the majority requirement and needed 2/3. Today, it was “reconsidered” in the house. They only needed 7 votes on Tuesday to get the 66%, so it did pass the house.

Now TOMORROW ( THURSDAY ) it hits the senate.


Tisktiskauthor
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 7:07 am

Also, you will note that this “author” did not quote the Senate Majority leader. They said he commented on though did not follow through with an actual quote. Why is that? Fear for possible slander charges perhaps.

Seriously, this author is a joke. Nothing more than a tabloid feeding on what has become a very volitile issue. And yes, I am unemployed. Hell I have 2 weeks left on my extension. I am facing bveing homeless like everyone else.

This “author” is the last thing we need. I want facts Mrs wannabe author, not your vomit on the internet.


Tisktiskauthor
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 7:21 am

Ok I found the qoute and its an actual quote. However its out of context and there was no vote in the Senate today. The Senate Majority leader had just said that quote during the morning at a press conferance.

Again, he did not say that after a Senate vote on Wednesday as there was no vote on it. In regards to them being 1 vote short, he said that on Tuesday when the bill was still in the house. Again, not that they fell short already, just the preliminary speculation on the vote.


Stephen
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 7:37 am

There *was* a vote foolio. It was on the Senate's version of the standalone extension, which they packaged with the homebuyer's credit extension as a bid to get more votes. It failed.

Yes, the House is voting on their own standalone bill tomorrow. No, there's no reason to think it will have any more luck in the Senate than this did. Yes, what is quoted in the article *is* what Reid said today following the vote that *did* take place. I watched it all happen live on CSPAN. Reid spoke around 9pm.

There is NO guarantee that the Senate will even put the House bill on the floor before the vacation.

As it stands NOW the only word we have from Reid is that he does not plan on putting the issue to vote again before Byrd's replacement is appointed. So stop making up reasons why this isn't the travesty it is and WRITE YOUR CONGRESSPEOPLE AND SENATORS NOW.

SENATE.GOV
HOUSE.GOV

DO IT NOW.


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Jade
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 9:40 am

WOW….I read all this hate and it saddens me and scares me. My husband worked 21 years, clean record at the “big” elevator company making well over $100,000 now we have nothing. Two kids, 1 in college, and our future looks bleak. I have gone through our entire savings, help from family, and are about to lose benefits next week. How can this happen to us? I go to church, PTA mom, great partying neighbor, and of course a “great” wife, however this is ruining my love affair I had with my husband and my kids. Struggles and fights like never before….I was hopeful….and still want to stay hopeful….but it's very hard.


Jade
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 9:49 am

Dumb blonde housewife here….lol So glad you got my back with your knowledge…..posted up above and I just keep reading….as I said, I”m keeping the faith…sloppy joe's and grill cheeses for a few more weeks….I can do this. So can you….remember everyone….our kids see our fears…have faith….something will happen with a job, family, the Senate Vote….I want to scream, swear and steal, but that's no class…you all know it. Time to let people know how broke you are….they'll come out of the woodwork.


Screwedbyrichrepublicans
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 9:50 am

Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) is a traitor!! Nebraska please vote him out, at first opportunity!


lookingforwork
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 11:00 am

Thanks, again for deciphering all this for us.


Seriously!
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 11:20 am

It's about to get much worse… more foreclosures, homeless and hungry. Pathetic!


ashley new
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 11:25 am

while they are on “BREAK” my unemployed brother and millions of other families have 0 income….. that also means no health care eather.He was using that money to pay a cobra payment. Nice going!!! What is wrong with these “politicians”? Billions of tax payers money for banks and wall street and innocent people are literally STARVING???? WTF????? Does anyone else out there see that we have a problem with our “elected officials???


wayne
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 12:49 pm

Yes i have a huge problem with our elected back stabbers, I too am without work, our back stabbing republicans sent american jobs over seas and probably collected a fat kick back paycheck, im not sure who they are loyal to, but i know that it isnt to the american people who elected them into office. I am so sick, and fed up, we must FIRE! these scumbags in november, we must vote for our lives, we cant have anymore of this, lets take our government back and remind them ALL who realy is BOSS.


Yahii
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 7:24 pm

I’m not happy with all this congress person and there is nothing we can do about it. We vote one out and another idiot takes his/er place they really don’t understand what is going on the nation because if they do they will be acting like as… h… but I hope they see it on their judgment date.

And the vice-president Biden what he has to say about all of this.


The_faith_of_a_mustard_seed_07
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 2:26 pm

I hope Ben Nelson Chokes to death this July 4th weekend !


Jdmaz
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 2:46 pm

How very sad is this. It is so heart break-en and not one government mule gives a crap. Like we all chose to lose our jobs and be unemployed. I had no income since March wife lost her job June and there wont pay her unemployment her company chose to lie about why she is not employed any more then fought the appeal and won. Talk about a kick to the balls wow.I have 3 kids and a wife with the home and bills that come along with it, any one no where I can pop a tent that will take in my kids and wife.


Spammerdie
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 3:13 pm

fucking spammer! rot in hell you fucking asshole


forgotteninOhio
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 3:27 pm

My last unemployment check was dated June8th.. I live in northeastern Ohio I ad perfect credit, now I am maxing out my credit cards driving to other cities to interview,, trying to find work. I missed the federal extended benefits by 1 week. I have three kids to support and a modest mortgage that is a month behind. My first 30 days late payment EVER! (soon to be 60) Bank of America collectors are calling me from India!!! I was NOT a subprime loan. I was with countrywide before they failed and they switched me to BOA.. but I digress..

I am a 5 year Navy veteran. I paid my taxes. I voted in ever election for people who I thought would have my Country and my families best interests in mind.

Our Government is broken. Our president our senators and our house of representatives. I have no confidence in my government at all. Lying, cheating. thieves that they are. They all need to be fired! How dare they take a 4th of July break as hundreds of thousands of Americans worry about putting food on their tables.

Perhaps it is time to step up. And do something about this government. This government who takes our taxes. Bails out foreign countries, wallstreet.. but refuses to help their own taxpayers….

I have flown a United States flag outside my home for the past 20 years. This will be the first 4th of July ever that I will fly it upside down. This county is in distress. I call on everyone here to fly it upside down. The international call of distress..

Damn our senators to Hell.


Steve10
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 3:30 pm

HOW DO REPUBLICANS DO THEIR MATH? Estimate is that by 7/10/10 there will be2 million AMERICANS without extended benefits. DO THE MATH!! 1) Avg.unemployment check $300 per week(some more,some less) $300x 2 million=$600 million not going into economy per week 2) $300×10%=FED TAXES per week=$60 million not collected in taxes per week. 3) This does not include state taxes we pay. REPUBLICAN RESULT: Homeless Families,Forclosures,Bankruptcy,No Sales,More Layoffs,ETC. Now are they going to take a cut due to the loss of tax revenue?OF COURSE NOT!! Again middle AMERICA pays the price. Then they go to enjoy the 4th of JULY untill 7/12/10. HOW IS YOUR 4th of JULY GOING TO BE? Will they let us bring our children to their house to see fireworks? EVERYONE NEEDS TO CONTACT THESE SENATORS NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Gettingtired
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 4:01 pm

lets not pay anything sooner or later we will get to those that are talking all that crap about us being lazy not wanting jobs


Dennywhiting
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 4:39 pm

Denny from Calif.- you and a million others, he lied right his teeth talking about change he was going to bring, all he has done is blame Bush and everyone else. He has yet to take responsibility for his own administrartion and his own failed policies.
If you have a place where there a 300 people working and 200 jobs leave for Ireland. that leaves 300 people still there BUT only 100 jobs, why can't the senate understand the dynamics of the unemployment market and see that they(22) are still without work and no jobs


gpaofiz
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 4:47 pm

I think that organizing a march in Washington is a great idea. Once the media is paying attention (which it seems that they are not right now)…the congress will have to act. History has shown that when real change is needed for the working classes the only way it happens is through demonstration and revolt.


Brenda
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 9:58 pm

Remember it was Ben Nelson that got the sweet back door deal for his vote on health care reform…how much did that cost us? All the sudden he is now concerned about the spending. Yes this is where the buck stops for Ben Nelson…right on your kitchen tables. I made 100K a year and am well educated. This is the first time I have ever been unemployed. The hard truth is that there are not enough jobs for all of us that need them. I am now going to pick the bills I will pay. Mortgage, food and utilities. I will take care of my children first and all else will have to wait or I will file bankruptcy. That is what most will have to do and then pur economy will suffer even more. I am appaled that they are going on recess while people cannot eat. I feel ashamed of Obama and all of our senators right now. I think the entire world gets to see how weak we are right now and that makes me really sad.


Candhent
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 5:02 pm

Just so you know, California Congressrepresentatives Joe Baca, Ann Eshoo, Laura Richardson, Fortney Pete Stark and others voted to pass the Jubilee Act (little known act) that cancels the debts of countries we may never had heard of. It's called “breaking the chains of debt” in for example, Benin $265 m., Burkina Faso ($398 m)m Guinea-Bissau $416 m. This is shameful, that these people that we have voted as our reps choose others over their own!!


Catherine
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 6:49 pm

Again we the American working people have been failed by the very people we elected to serve our best interests. Take not Nebraska your Senator Nelson , a Democrate voted with the Republicans , he was the only Democrate to do so. It was the vote that shot down the unemployment extension….He needs to go, he is more interested in impressing the Republican party than helping those out of work thru no fault of their own…..Vote him out


Moonsnswirls
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 6:52 pm

Each and every Senator who voted “NO” should be technically charged with murder, as so many are dying without necessary medications, and others are choosing suicide because they feel they are stuck. They should all be shipped to a present day Alcatraz and be treated the way we, the American people, have been treated.


Rrh29445zip
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 6:57 pm

Republicans suggested passing a stand alone bill for the Unemployment Benefits extension. Republicans also want to use the unused stimulus funds to finance this extension which would not add to the national debt. The Democrats want to pass the entire bill or don't pass it at all. This is nothing but pure politics. Even Sen. Harry Reid whose state has a 14% unemployment rate will not agree to this compromise. Frankly, these incumbants were too scared to do anything when the primaries and the subsequent run offs were going on this month. Now Sen. Byrd has died (my sympathie), what next.

Meanwhile, the senate goes on holiday, and more citizens will lose their homes, children will go to bed hungry, and another American citizen will be living in their car tomorrow.
SENATORS… It's time to get it done TODAY!


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Gsataya
Comment posted July 2, 2010 @ 1:50 am

Try this one to save our economy, have the government start creating companies for unemployed Americans to work in where the government saves money they pay to private companies that outsource their work to foreign countries or hire people on work visa's. Creating the products they need to run this country, rather than relying on the private sector to keep Americans working … It is time our government gets us working again. I am so tired of companies trying to make more and more and laying off good American workers, there is a reason our products have gone down hill it is outsourced overseas for cheap crap with American labels on them. Do something product hire Americans or make them pay for unemployment for every job lost to outsourcing, work visas and green cards. That is a bill that should be voted in.


Steve
Comment posted July 2, 2010 @ 2:49 am

attention all you clowns running for re election. save your money!! do not waste your money on advertisements, you will need your easy earned dollars to feed your family's. do not tell us how great a job you did, do not tell us how bad you feel for us unemployed, save you BS for people who care, cause WE DONT CARE what you have to say. WHERE ARE THE AL SHARPTONS OF THE WORLD? NOT A PEEP OUT OF THEM. BUT LET SOMEONE OF THEIR RACE BE INSULTED, THEY STORM THE STREETS,


Rob
Comment posted July 2, 2010 @ 7:13 am

First I think we should help out the unemployed. We did not cause this mess. I need help until I get on my feet like many others. First, why is the government not focused on creating jobs. I have seen little effort to correct past mistakes that caused outsourcing and visas to take good jobs away. We should have a study done to figure out where things went wrong and try to fix it. Don't just ask companies what we should do to help the economy they will just tell you to give them tax cuts that they will hire more foreigners. We need american jobs. The companies will never tell you to stop outsourcing and visas. Or how about having a terrif again on goods to even the playing feild for americans so we can compete in the global economy. We can't compete with slave labor without becoming slaves unless we regulate. We must at least try something even if the republicans reject it as we know they will do their best. We need to think about bringing good jobs to america and keeping them here. Keep our money in the USA.


Rob
Comment posted July 2, 2010 @ 7:20 am

We need to get out of Afganistan and Iraq and save our money. Those wars have cost us so much money and lives. We should be focusing on saving our economy and way of life not fighting wars. If we can't win the wars in 10 years we will never win. We have punished them long enough. Time to bring our troops back and save the money to help our own citizens get back to work and make a better america. We would be much better off if the US used the money to hire americans to rebuild roads and bridges and upgrading electrical grids in the USA.


Rob
Comment posted July 2, 2010 @ 7:24 am

Going on vacation for the 4th of July for so long with out helping the unemployed with expired benefits is horrible. Going on vacation without passing it has happened more than once. And if you manage to extend the deadline to file unempoyment extended benifits tell November remember to not screw us over for the Christmas Holliday too. Make sure to pass an extension so we can have a good christmas also.


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Comment posted July 2, 2010 @ 6:33 pm

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Comment posted July 2, 2010 @ 6:47 pm

14 dems voted NO


TomS
Comment posted July 2, 2010 @ 2:40 pm

I thought the Senate and the House was working for the American people? What’s the saying America was BUILT ON THE BACKS OF THE WORKING MAN our backs are about to brake. I have become very disillusioned about the people that are suppose to be representing the American PEOPLE. They won’t have much to represent it they let it all go to Hell. Millions of people out of work and more on the way what happens when there are millions of unhappy desperate people in a country?


carolyn morehead
Comment posted July 2, 2010 @ 3:00 pm

WHAT TO HELL! You that voted no,deserve to be in our shoes,the unemployed,see if you can sleep at night, while we go on vacation,you need to be out of congress! What goes around comes back around,maybe not in this life!


Js
Comment posted July 2, 2010 @ 3:03 pm

Can we really believe an $880 billion dollar war bill is more important than squeezing the life out of the unemployed?


ashamed of our leaders
Comment posted July 2, 2010 @ 4:25 pm

We so often hear on the news that Congress has called a “special session” or political leaders “met over the weekend” to handle problems that cannot wait. Yet I understand that the Senate is on a two-week “vacation” and will not address the matter again until they reconvene the middle of this month. How is a “congressional vacation” more important than wondering how millions will feed their children? Or take their child to the doctor? Pay for their prescriptions? Sad.


Malaysia223
Comment posted July 2, 2010 @ 5:28 pm

They dont care about us because they all have jobs and there families are taking care of. They think we are all lazy and dont want to work there arent even any minium wage jobs out there.


Catherine
Comment posted July 2, 2010 @ 8:47 pm

Shameful how the Senate can take such a long Paid vacation right now when millions are losing their unemployment insurance benefits. Dont they get it 1 job available for every 5 or 6 people who are looking and that does not even count those who are off unemployment. I believe the total unemployed in this country far exceeds the numbers being reported because I personally know of many who are unemployed but not collecting unemployment and are out there trying to get a job….The Republican Senators have made their stand and we need to make ours come November and vote Republicans out across the board for every spot on the ballot…..Lets send them a message…Thanks for nothing…..Have a good life.


Native American
Comment posted July 3, 2010 @ 5:58 am

You greedy congressional pieces of freakin shit!!!!! I haven't had any money from unemployment since before june 1st 2010. Newly layed off i'm suposed to be able to call my unemployment center? Yeah right!! They told me to stop calling and that if and when congress passes the unemployment bill sometime this year i will be reimbursed!! How do i get my 4 bedroom house back we are renting for my family of five i support alone. Sole bread winner that went back to work in January and was re layed off again mid May. Two small checks are not gonna keep our home for our young children to have a place they call a home or my seventeen year old son? What the hell are you congressional piles of crap doing this weekend sucking up my blue collar tax dollars to fly away to some white sandy beech and drink alcohol our taxes pay for? We can't even buy our children hot dogs for the grill or even better yet gas for our gas grills!! You all should be sued for this trajic weekend. Independance day my ass!? Your independance day? Not the blue collar struggling hard working men and woman of the united states of america. I broke my right foot on the job in early April. On the job!! Did i stop and whine to my employer? Hell no! Way to far behind in normal bills to sit at home on workers comp struggling even more? I worked with the broken foot 84 hours a week and 7 days week until i was layed off!! You pieces of crap!


Native American
Comment posted July 3, 2010 @ 6:17 am

Oh and one more thing!! Why don't you turds explain this to small business owners and people alike that think their tax dollars are paying for our way in unemployment?? We pay in state by state. Our employers pay in state by state. Usually we are elijable for brand new unemployment claims evry twleve months? This year i am not. Why? You ask? Because its now time i move into tier two. But theres one problem? I can't move into tier two or have a new claim opened because congress wants to screw with our lives and put hard working americans out in the street with NO WHERE TO GO!!! Are you guys serious?? You are nuttier than squirrel shit if you think there aren't some really disturbed folks over all this mess. God have mercy on their souls. Listen want a quick short short short term fix for the angry like me? Give us 6 to 8 more weeks temporary unemployment then screw with our lives like a chess game. We were not prepared for this sort of shit we are facing right now. To all my angry people that agree with me. Lets vote these people right into the ground where they came from next election?? WHadda ya say!!!!! Vote them out!!! Get rid of the scum!!!


Paul Revere
Comment posted July 3, 2010 @ 7:58 pm

I urge everyone here to stop making payments on anything that has to do with a bank.Keep what little money you have if any, for yourself. Im betting that the banks will start screaming at washington and something will get done immediately.Also if anybody has any money left in the stock market pull it out and dont pay any tax on it.Believe me this will get there attention. I will be posting this message anywhere on the web I can over this 4th holiday. Bless everyone!


Naniforyou1
Comment posted July 5, 2010 @ 12:24 am

Shame on you Congress!! Have you no conscience?? Take some of that money we are sending overseas and bring it back home! We have homeless families here who because of job loss can no longer house their children. I can not wait until voting time. This will sway my vote for sure.


jobless LPN
Comment posted July 5, 2010 @ 2:24 am

I think a bill needs to be passed STOPPING banks from charging outrageously high interest rates on a credit card. Rates so high that it would take a life time to pay off a credit card. The same credit cards that the unemployed are using to make ends meet.


Unemployed
Comment posted July 5, 2010 @ 2:40 am

I wonder what would happen if not one american voted for any politision next election. Empty poles! Would they get the message then, that they work for us The AMERICAN people. And we are demanding that they do the job we elected they to do.


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Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 8:49 am

He had to vote no under the rules that the vote was called on. If he had not voted no the bill could not have taken the floor. calm down!


socrates
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 8:49 am

He had to vote no under the rules that the vote was called on. If he had not voted no the bill could not have taken the floor. calm down!


Jslather
Comment posted July 6, 2010 @ 3:55 pm

The Senate decides to be fiscally responsible now. They have run up the debt carelessly and now that families need to put food on their tables and a roof over their heads, well now they are going to live with in their means. What a Joke!
I will vote you all out of office, hope you won't need unemployment benefits.


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I am a Democrat and personally I am tired of the Democrats blaming the Republicans for the bill not being passed and for the Republicans blaming the Democrats. There are people out here who needs this bill passed period, be they Democrat or Republican or neither. You all need to get together and make a compromise. There is no way you should have been able to go on “vacation” when there are people who need this extension. All I keep hearing is that there are plenty of jobs out there. Okay, where? McDonald's? I am, as is everyone else who needs this bill passed, tired of hearing the blame game. Something needs to be done NOW. And I do not think that it would be good for the Senate to still not get this bill approved before they go on their month long vacation. Please, for the sake of humanity, work together to get this bill passed.


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Happythatsright
Comment posted July 10, 2010 @ 4:31 am

The Senate has till this week to extend unemployment benefits for millions of people. They need to get this done before the Senate goes on another vacation this time for a month starting Aug.1st. 2010. If this doesn't get extended REVOLT!!! RIOT in the STREETS will Commence. Not only in Washington but, throughout the UNITED STATES of AMERICA. President OBAMA you need to LISTEN to your UNEMPLOYED AMERICAN PEOPLE. If this vote does not get passed you must put in an EXECUTIVE ORDER to extend unemployment Insurance.


Hard Working American SteelMan
Comment posted July 10, 2010 @ 5:08 am

WANTED: United States lawyer interested in suing the pants off of Congress so i can cope with this years losses and get my family of 5 a new place to call home again?? We are being evicted this month. We owe over $3,100.00 in 2009 back rent. Now we owe for June and July 2010 and have absolutely no means to pay for it? Thats not to mention the new child support order for my 17 year old son's mother because she can not collect Unemployment. Yes he lives at my home more than he's at her home. They tell me i'm headed for prison for non-payment?? Loosing my truck i use for family and work. Loosing my hand tools i need for work selling them to buy diapers and food. Tell me if congress passes this thing? Is the United States Government going to give me the full amount for my occupational tools i was forced to sell at a 16th of the cost new? I'm gonna need them when i get called back to work?


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Comment posted July 10, 2010 @ 5:20 pm

I have paid their salaries with my tax dollars since I was 16 years old, and listed as single white male, you better believe they took more than their share. Now, I am unemployed and they tell me to fuck off? I usually vote Republican, but I am searching now for a party that will consider the people it is governing and representing. What a joke.


Hopelessly unemployed
Comment posted July 11, 2010 @ 9:40 am

I'm a separated woman in SC … my husband is no where to be found – works for cash under the table so I and his ex can't find him (he owes her child support) … but I can't get a divorce – can't get him to help me – just lost my ONLY income (unemployment check) had to move me and my dogs to my mother's house (OMG – don't get me started) … I'm actively looking for a job – and you cut out my ONLY means of income .. now i have no way to pay my car insurance .. my light bill .. my cell phone bill ( i need a phone to get a job) .. my water bill … had to borrow money from my mom to keep from loosing my house that i can't even say in!! Good God people … take a cut in pay and help the little guy out for a change of pace!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! For Goodness sake … it's time to help American's and stop sending money to other countries … help us out before we are a nation of homeless people!


deadend
Comment posted July 11, 2010 @ 5:24 pm

Fuck this whole country.
America is a piece of shit and there is no patriotism that can get it back.
There I fucking said it!
And I actually fought for this motherfucker,for what?>??
So a crooked congressman and his family can live better than I do after getting my ass shot off?
These assholes are so far removed from what the country actually needs.
Why is it that all the well to do white bread silver spoon mother fuckers need to be in power to look out for my best intrest?
Get a broke dick bum off the street and let him run this shitty country.
A fucking bum off all things has more sense as to the intrests of the well being of any community.
Fuck the rich stop voteing them in.


Hitchiker
Comment posted July 11, 2010 @ 5:33 pm

Be carefull who you vote for Dem or Rep.
They are the same no good piece of shit all over again.
We need to get rid of generations of politicians.
These assholes have so many devious acts thought up by little Jew fucks in think tanks all day.
Do you know they actually have a pannel of people that fuck America called the bilderberg group.A bunch of rich fucks have have so much money that they actually decide the future of millions by manipulating markets.


slip1by
Comment posted July 11, 2010 @ 11:14 pm

Revolution, Back in the day Americans stuck up and fought for other Americans when in need, Now if it doesn't effect them they don't care. Revolution is what this country needs to send the signal that we are fed up with not being heard.


Proudlatina26
Comment posted July 12, 2010 @ 12:18 am

Im just saying that are citys there will be more crimes , home invations ,car theft , more crimes i have 3 boys always had 2 jobs to be able to pay my bills rent get food . i lost my jobs know what am i going to do i have to have a ruff over mykids head or there will be 4 more homless folks out in the streets . plz god help us this is when we need you the most .


gb56
Comment posted July 12, 2010 @ 4:26 pm

The Republicans say they are Christian, yet they turn their back, not only on the poor of this nation; but also on the hard working tax-paying currently unemployed. Don Francisco said it best in his song, “Every time you turned your back and pretended not to see, when you did it not for the least of them, you did it not for me.) (Jesus)

I have to think that Jesus, himself, would tell the Republicans, “Woe to you lawyers (congress)! For you have taken away the key of knowledge; you yourselves did not enter, and you hindered those who were entering.” (Luke 11:52, NASB ©1995)


Bird
Comment posted July 12, 2010 @ 5:16 pm

so if by some miracle this passes how long will it take to reach the ones who have exhasusted there benefits


Mark Morgan
Comment posted July 12, 2010 @ 5:48 pm

Found out today my benifits have ended. don't really know what I'm going to do. i have $54.00 to my name.


corky d
Comment posted July 12, 2010 @ 7:45 pm

i think every body that lost there benifits should have one big protest in front of whitehouse i lost every thing i had and then some i even thouth of _illing myself .but that would hurt my wife and she has been hurt anuff . SO THANKS A LOT FOR NOTHING


Terrimontalbano
Comment posted July 12, 2010 @ 9:37 pm

DID ANY OF YOU KNOW THIS… White House senior adviser David Axelrod said Sunday that Congress has a responsibility to extend the benefits. “The Republicans met that responsibility each time under President Bush, when he asked for extended unemployment insurance. They ought to do it now. Let's not play politics with this issue,” Axelrod said on ABC's “This Week.”
How come they won't do it now. Remember their are just as many Republicans as Democrats that are unemployed out there. We voted you in. Do the right thing for the people who made it possible for you to be in that seat right now. Tell me what are we supposed to do if there is no extension for us are you going to help us and give us money out of your pocket. I already know the answer to that one and it will be a cold day in hell before you or anyone of the senators would.
You tell us to go and get a job I would love to see you in my position and see just how hard it is to get a deceit job that will cover just the bills nothing else.
Tell me what has the government done with all the money we have put in. Did you ever have our permission to use it for anything else but what it was supposed to be there for.


Terrimontalbano
Comment posted July 12, 2010 @ 9:43 pm

How can the USA give BILLIONS of DOLLARS to foreign countries after disasters and then when the American people need help there is nothing for them.


Big Boy
Comment posted July 12, 2010 @ 11:16 pm

I'm surprised the Republicans claim this would damage the economy further to a point of economic collapse when the amount of moneys needed for Unemployment is pennys compared to 1,000 other programs like the WALL STREET BAILOUTS! or a pathetic scheming Car Company bailout. The Unemployment money is enough to boost the economy regardless because people buy food and pay the electric bill and rent/mortgage with these funds. Republicans would do nothing but snort these funds through their nose and continue an Autocratic rant of GARBAGE!. Ok I feel better now


Quen129
Comment posted July 13, 2010 @ 8:17 am

“Workers are less likely to look for work, or accept less-than-ideal jobs, as long as they are protected from the full consequences of being unemployed,” said Michael D. Tanner, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank. “That is not to say that anyone is getting rich off unemployment, or that unemployed people are lazy. But it is simple human nature that people are a little less motivated as long as a check is coming in.” email Mr. Tanner @ mtanner@cato.org maybe he has a few bucks to spare to help feed my children cause their parents are too lazy to find jobs that arent there…


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Terrimontalbano
Comment posted July 13, 2010 @ 1:46 pm

I wonder if he has tried looking for a job that will pay just enough money to pay all the bills. If you take a job working at 8.50 for 8 hours that gives you 70.00 a day times that by 40 and it comes to $280.00 a week and that is before taxes are taken out. For the month you will make $1,120.00 before taxes so by the time everything is taken out of your check you are lucky if you are even bringing $700.00 a month. Can Mt. Tanner live on this?????


Quen129
Comment posted July 13, 2010 @ 6:04 pm

hardly


klstl
Comment posted July 16, 2010 @ 12:35 pm

I have been unemployed for over a year now and still looking every day by pounding the pavement and the internet. How dare anyone say that we are less motivated because a little check is coming in. I made more than double the amount of the unemployment check that came in every week. Which is it going to be? How many people who have exhausted their benefits will now have to end up at a division of social service office to apply for those types of benefits? I take it the government can afford to foot the bill for people to end up on welfare, but not afford for them to get an unemployment check. I know people will do what ever they have to when they have a child to feed. Somebody needs to make old Tanner live on unemployment money for about a month, and then cut him off and tell him to figure it out his self.


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